Haute Author

  • NAME Lauren Monitz
  • BIO Thanks to a childhood on the North Shore, Lauren gained an appreciation for the finer things in life at a very early age and grew up immersing herself in as much of Chicago’s nightlife, theater, and cuisine as possible. From brunching at Bongo to cinnamon spice mani/pedis at Mojo, she can usually be found somewhere in her haute Wicker Park ’hood. Currently working in digital marketing, she is pursuing a master’s degree in E-business from DePaul University. An extreme go-getter, globetrotter, and cultural connoisseur, Lauren is actively involved in the DePaul MBA Association and a PR and Web volunteer for the Keep On Keeping On Foundation, she is also an avid Chicago sports fan and loves rooting for the Bears, Sox and Blackhawks. And yes, having lived in Colorado, she is also a Jay Cutler fan, don’t hold it against her. Connect with Lauren on Twitter @laurenmonitz or on the web at www.laurenmonitz.com

Articles By Lauren Monitz


Equinox Partners With The Joffrey Ballet to Offer Ballet Fitness

With the ballet-themed movie “The Black Swan” taking top honors at this year’s award shows, ballet has become a much-buzzed about topic in recent months. Playing on its recent popularity, Equinox fitness clubs are partnering with the famed Joffrey Ballet to offer its members the opportunity to train under the guidance of professional ballet dancer/instructor Jocelyn Garner. Read More


Top 5 Caviar Restaurants in Chicago

The definition of luxury, black caviar is a delicacy served in small quantities at some of the top establishments in the city. A true haute cuisine, caviar was once reserved for Russian czars, Iranian shahs and Austrian emperors and now is accessible to the upper society members for a hefty price tag. Read More


Haute Secrets: Charlie Roth and Owen Schnaper

Adopting the mantra of “salmon swimming against the current to return home again”, Salmon Cove’s founders and Chicago natives Charlie Roth and Owen Schnaper left their jobs in the financial world to launch an apparel line for men and women looking for sharp and timeless designs. Grounded in their Midwestern roots, Roth and Schnaper believe that you don’t have to be from the East Coast to appreciate classic preppy apparel and began their own journey to create a distinctive apparel line that offers color, comfort, and convenience. Salmon Cove’s line features men’s and women’s polo shirts, men’s and women’s sweaters, men’s button down shirts and tote bags. Read More